Color Trends 2022
POSTED ON Friday, April 1, 2022 IN Kitchen
Compare color trends from major names for this year and how you can integrate them into your home.
The experts have spoken and color trends for the year of 2022 are officially in motion. Looking at the selections, the theme for this year is “nature” with warmer hues and accents. Sage green shades are a clear winner, as well as some blues, pinks, and grays. The all-white kitchen will always remain a staple, and this year homeowners are looking to bring the outside in with natural finishes and calming color palettes.
White kitchens have dominated the design scene for years. A classic look, white kitchen cabinets can be paired with different accents to achieve different aesthetics. For example, a white kitchen with natural wood accents can give a farmhouse feel, while light wood accents can create a more modern look. Pairing white cabinets with navy blue lends a crisp, clean aesthetic while black and white color schemes are somehow timeless yet trendy.
If you are considering an all white kitchen, rest assured this look will likely not go out of style. In fact, Houzz's 2022 Kitchen Trends report shows that of homeowners planning to upgrade or update their kitchen cabinetry, white still holds the top spot for color choice (41%). With a neutral base of white, you have flexibility to change accent pieces, barstools, curtains, and other elements to match your changing taste. A white kitchen is a great choice for wide appeal and may be a smart option for those looking to increase resale value.
Homeowners opting for white kitchen color schemes in 2022 are gravitating toward warm whites with earthy accents. New kitchen designs this year are integrated with warmer white or taupe cabinets instead of stark whites for a cozier vibe.
Kitchens mixing whites with a natural wood such as walnut or white oak give a fresh take. Mixing painted and stained cabinets within a room provides depth and a warm inviting feel.
Gray and Greige Kitchens
Gray continues to be a popular choice for cabinets and home accents, coming in as the most common alternative to white. Gray acts as an interesting neutral and can be designed as modern, contemporary, or rustic. Greige is a color combining both gray and beige undertones for a versatile hue that can complement different tones and values depending on whether the color scheme requires a warm or cool neutral.
Gray can be used as a stain over wood to let the grain shine through or it can be painted, with solid shade options that include loft, graphite, and lighthouse. Gray works especially well when paired with natural wood floors and light colored countertops.
This rustic modern beauty pairs a dark gray shaker door (in Graphite) with hand-picked reclaimed barn wood, along with other vintage reclaimed elements.
Blue bathroom color schemes have been trending since 2020, but since then blue has been growing in popularity for kitchens as well. Blue is a tranquil color that can add a nautical or coastal feel when paired with white or a rich and sophisticated aesthetic when darker blues are paired with wood accents and brass finishes.
The combination of white and cobalt blue, with a simple shaker door style, give this kitchen a clean, crisp, airy quality. Everything pulls together nicely with gold accents and beautiful wood floors.
Blue in almost any tone, from light blue/gray to rich, dark navy, can add color to your design in an easy, natural way. Blue is especially popular as a kitchen island color, creating a statement piece against white or gray perimeter cabinets.
Colors of the Year 2022
Trends and preferences cycle through the years, but overall the theme in 2022 from major color trend analysts is clearly nature-inspired. All three of the top paint manufacturers chose a shade of green for their color of the year in 2022. Consider these color trends either as accents to your all white or gray kitchen, or use them as the main color in your palette.
Sherwin Williams Color of the Year
Versatile and calming, Sherwin Williams Color of the Year for 2022 is named Evergreen Fog. This sagey-green color pairs well with browns, tans and terra cotta colors we’re seeing re-emerge in design. Think soft leather and natural wood accents to complete your nature-inspired design palette with a modern organic feel.
"Evergreen Fog is a sophisticated wash of color for spaces that crave a subtle yet stunning statement shade," Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams said in a press statement. "Evergreen Fog inspires us to begin again and is a great choice for modern interiors and exteriors."
IMAGE CREDIT: SHERWIN-WILLIAMS
How to use Evergreen Fog
In kitchen design, this color would make an excellent choice for a wall color, bringing a natural, calming element into the design. Designers are also utilizing Evergreen Fog as a base cabinet color, pairing it with brushed gold fixtures, natural wood accents and marble tiles. Evergreen Fog’s darker tones inspire a modern natural aesthetic, especially when paired with Urbane Bronze, Uber Umber, and Woven Wicker.
Benjamin Moore Color of the Year
Following a similar feel, the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year for 2022 is named October Mist. With hints of soft silvery green, October Mist is the anchor color for Benjamin Moore’s larger 2022 color trends palette made up of 14 nature-inspired hues. The brand describes October Mist as “Evocative of the stem of a flower, this gently shaded sage anchors and uplifts.”
IMAGE CREDIT: BENJAMIN MOORE
How to use October Mist
Although similar to Evergreen Fog, October Mist inspires a softer color palette. The color pairs well with most other shades of green as well as softer pinks, corals, and yellows. Benjamin Moore also pairs October Mist with Mysterious, a dark compelling color that can read as black or rich navy. Depending on your personal aesthetic, you can bring October Mist into a dark, moody palette or a soft springtime-inspired feel.
Valspar Color of the Year
Rather than focusing on a single color, Valspar put forth a wide range of naturally based warm colors that will help calm the nerves and inspire comfort and tranquility. Leading the dozen colors in the collection is Blanched Thyme, a balanced organic green.
IMAGE CREDIT: VALSPAR
How to use Blanched Thyme
Blanched Thyme is a cooler color choice than the greens we saw from both Sherwin-Willams and Benjamin Moore. Valspar describes the color by saying, “Natural greens help us refocus on our physical and mental well-being. This shade promotes a space that is grounding, inside and out.”
To integrate Blanched Thyme into your color scheme, consider pairing it with warm natural woods and white accents for a fresh look. Valspar’s curated colors create a trendy yet timeless color palette. We love the combination of Blanched Thyme with Gilded Linen, Delighted Moon, and Mountain River.
Using 2022 Color Trends
The greens we’re seeing from major trend analysts show calming sage-inspired shades in kitchens, baths, and elsewhere around the home. To integrate these trends into your kitchen or bath, consider hues like Sage and Olive from Bertch.
Color is always a very personal choice. If you need help navigating all the different options available to you, visit a Bertch showroom and speak with a designer for ideas and inspiration. To see a full range of color options for your cabinets, visit our inspiration section for more ideas.
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